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Catalina Island Casino Ballroom

1 Casino Way, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
310 510 2000
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Ranked #4 of 17 Attractions in Avalon
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Theaters, Historic Sites
Owner description: Few words can describe the ambiance of the Catalina Casino: it epitomizes everything glamorous and romantic about Catalina Island. The one-of-a-kind... more » Owner description: Few words can describe the ambiance of the Catalina Casino: it epitomizes everything glamorous and romantic about Catalina Island. The one-of-a-kind venue is simply stunning inside, outside, and all around. If the meticulously decorated walls could talk, they’d tell countless stories of romance and celebration gathered from decades of memorable events. The immense, Deco-themed ballroom is large enough to contain weddings, large meetings or lectures or musical events. The Casino has retained its signature lavish style: a stunning medley of rose-hued walls, an arching, 50-foot ceiling with five Tiffany chandeliers, an elevated stage, raised seating areas surrounding the wooden dance floor, and a vintage full-service bar anchoring the back. A sweeping veranda surrounds the ballroom with stunning 360-degree views of Avalon Bay. « less
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California
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128 reviews 128 reviews
38 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

This wonderful building is worth a tour, or attendance at an event or movie. I can't say enough about this fabulous space. There's so much history here; be sure to take one of the guided tours. JazzTrax has been held here for 28+ years and the acoustics in the main ballroom are wonderful. Views in all directions - can't be... More

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Ojai
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3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW via mobile

We have been attending this festival for 14 consecutive years on the 3rd weekend of October. The weather has been sunny and clear 95% of our time spent there. The Ballroom is beautiful with views looking out towards Descanso Beach and the main part of town. The Theater below is also maintained beautifully with a museum attached. October is the... More

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Idaho
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

Great photo op of an outstanding location. Well kept and clean. Great place to visit for afternoon meals

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Yucaipa, California
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39 reviews 39 reviews
24 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

This is just my opinion regarding this Jazz Festival (as an excellent amateur musician myself and huge concert goer over 30+ years). There are many better Festivals for the Jazz and music enthusiasts. My criticism has to do with over miking of the 3 concerts we attended, causing us to walk out of one of them. This may not be... More

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Manhattan Beach, California
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36 reviews 36 reviews
13 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

We took the one hour tour of the casino. What a fabulous experience. The Art Deco design throughout is stunning and our guide, Porschia, whose art work can be seen throughout the island, took us everywhere behind the scenes, and filled us in on the fascinating history of this historic building. They only give the one hour tour twice a... More

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Malibu, California, United States
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77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

A really lovely ballroom where the ghosts of Big Band can still be heard faintly in the air. It's a lovely setting and I can only imagine the fine music and dancing of the past.

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Oceanside, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Room is huge. Ramp you have to walk up to get to it is no joke! Good thing they have hand rail. Had a great time!

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San Francisco, California
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40 attraction reviews
121 helpful votes 121 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

When you see the ballroom with its massive Tiffany chandelier, you are instantly transported back to the days of glamour. We definitely want to plan to attend one of Catalina’s big events, like their jazz festival. The hardwood floors are glorious and one can imagine dancing the night away.

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Avalon, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

I went on this great little tour of the Avalon Casino Ballroom, Avalon Bay, Catalina Island. It was led by Portia, who besides being a great singer and piano player is pretty as well. She led the group to sing the Avalon song, which she said was sung by the guests before each event back in the day. Anyway, I... More

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Melbourne, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Had the privilege of attending a ball and dancing on that wonderful circular dance floor eight floors up. Very smooth floor with no obstructions and the decor is amazing. Kudos to those who maintain it and the building which is the crown jewel of the island. A movie theater and a museum are on the lower levels. People should do... More

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